PASADENA - Pasadena Poly defeated visiting Flintridge Prep 28-14 on Saturday at Babcock Field.
The Panthers (3-2, 1-0 Prep League) were propelled to victory in their league opener by the return of senior receiver Graham Sadler and tailback Blake Edwards, who rushed for 222 yards in 27 carries.
"Having (Sadler) back in the first league game really helped us get some balance going," Poly coach Brendan McGrail said. "And that's our goal, to be balanced offensively."
Sadler, playing in his first game of the season, had two touchdown receptions for Poly, both coming on fourth-down plays.
The senior caught a 13-yard scoring pass from Poly quarterback Neil Child in the second quarter and later caught a 33-yard scoring pass from Child to cap Poly's opening drive of the second half.
Sadler finished with 54 yards on three catches.
The 6-foot-4 Sadler, who also plays defensive back, had an interception late in the fourth quarter.
"I thought we played very physical," McGrail said. "I was pleased with the offensive line. We have some seniors up front.
"I was pleased with how they kind of set the tone and then Blake Edwards, our sophomore running back, did a nice job behind there. Edwards has been a workhorse for us all year."
Edwards scored two touchdowns. He ran 54 yards for a touchdown on Poly's fourth offensive play, and his second score came on a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter.
The touchdown capped a 98-yard, 15-play drive that also featured an 18-yard run by Edwards. He set up Sadler's third-quarter score by running for 28 yards on third-and-36.
Flintridge Prep (1-5, 0-1) was led by tailback Joel Bryant, who rushed 14 times for 135 yards. Rebels fullback Adam Ross gained 79 yards on 19 carries, including an 8-yard touchdown run on his team's opening possession that gave the Rebels an early 7-0 lead.
"We don't have the ability to, against a really quality team like Poly, make some of the little mistakes that we make and then have enough left in the tank to be able to finish," Flintridge Prep coach Perry Skaggs said.
Flintridge Prep quarterback Gus Herrera completed only six passes, but one of them went for a touchdown. He also was intercepted once.
The senior successfully operated his team's two-minute offense at the end of the first half and completed passes of 13 and 12 yards before a 20-yarder to Alex Hurrell that went for a touchdown with 18 seconds remaining in the second quarter.